Mentoring - what are the benefits to mentees? Part 2

Susan Buglass

Susan Buglass

Mar 24 — 2 mins read
An opportunity to reflect on performance, behaviour and learning<br />Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">Ivars Krutainis</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Unsplash</a>

An opportunity to reflect on performance, behaviour and learning
Photo by Ivars Krutainis on Unsplash

Developing self confidence

Many people suffer from self-doubt and lack confidence in their own ability - whether through personality, knowledge, intelligence, determination or some other quality, to achieve the goals that they set for themselves.

The mentor is placed to support the mentee, provide objective feedback, to help the mentee reach their own solutions, to advise and guide - and to be a critical friend. The mentor is someone who has made a commitment to support the mentee and is on their side, but who can be honest and provide an honest, external perspective on the mentee's problems, performance and progress.

Through this process, the mentee feels supported, feels that someone 'has their back' - that someone is on their side and can help them. They will also review progress with their mentor and will be able to see how things have changed and what they have achieved.

Through this process of action, achievement, review and recognition, the mentee can come to understand their own capabilities and gain confidence in themselves.

Reflection and Analysis

The protected time provided by a mentoring session, and the focus it provides on the mentee, allows for reflection on performance, behaviour and learning. Through discussion, the mentor and mentee can then analyse what went right, what went wrong, the positives and the negatives.

This reflection and analysis allows conclusions to be drawn and forward thinking about how the lessons learned can be applied in the future.

Develop specific skills

The mentor does not always have to be a sounding board or a critical friend. Sometimes the mentor can be a teacher. There are times when what the mentee needs is a specific approach, tool or technique which will help them overcome a current problem and move forward. This could be a soft skill, like handling a difficult interpersonal situation, or a hard skill such as a statistical method.

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